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May 15, 2017

Heading to Senate Floor, Contraception Bill Clears Health Committee

NARAL-Backed Bill Would Ensure Birth Control Remains Accessible, Allow Nevadans to Access Up to 12 Months of Contraception

A plan to protect and expand access to to birth control in Nevada passed out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today. The NARAL-backed legislation, AB 249, ensures contraception remains affordable by codifying the “no-co pay” requirement of the Affordable Care Act into Nevada law. It also expands access by allowing for up to 12 months of contraception to be dispensed at once.

“Ensuring that political games don’t jeopardize our access to birth control has never been more critical for women and families in Nevada,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, state director for NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada.”The Trump administration and anti-choice politicians in Washington are doing everything they can to restrict our access to basic reproductive healthcare, including contraception. That’s why NARAL members across Nevada are fighting to pass a bill that will protect the health law’s contraceptive-coverage policy and allow women to get up to 12 months of birth control dispensed at once. Nevadans know that reliable and affordable access to birth control is key to ensuring  women are full partners in society and NARAL members across the state are committed to making that a reality.”

NARAL members from across Nevada have participated in a series of “Feminist Road Trips” to support the contraception bill. The NARAL-backed bill would codify the contraceptive-coverage policy of the ACA into state law, ensuring Nevadans can continue to access birth control with no co-pay even if President Trump guts or eliminates the benefit entirely. The bill also expands contraceptive coverage by allowing women to get up to 12 months of birth control at once. The passage of the bill out of committee comes at a time when reproductive freedom is under direct attack from the Trump administration and an extreme anti-choice ideology. Access to birth control is important because it’s effectiveness relies on consistency. Yet in Nevada and many states across the country, access to birth control can be unreliable. Many women, particularly those who are lower income or who live rural areas, receive only a limited supply of contraception at a time.

For more about the state of reproductive freedom in Nevada, including access to contraception, click here.

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